The first night of the Northwest Collegiate Summer League included a dazzling debut by Washington freshman Donaven Dorsey, a crowd-pleasing dunk from Andrew Andrews and late-game heroics from Mike Anderson, who helped his team to a come-from-behind win Monday.
Here’s a quick rundown.
ANDREWS – The UW guard used spin moves and deft dribbling to attack the rim most of the night. He was physical offensively while drawing contact and fouls. He also crashed to the court on a few drives that failed to produce points and often stared in disbelief at officials while pleading for a foul. Andrews was active and engaged. He finished with a game-high 19 points, but it wasn’t enough to prevent an 88-83 defeat. Still, he provided the highlight of the night. In the second half, Andrews blew past a defender and raced along the baseline for a two-hand slam. He drew a technical foul for hanging on the rim.
DORSEY – The UW freshman is listed at 6-6, but he looks and plays bigger than 6-6. He paired against Seattle University’s Shore Adenekan and fared well even though the Redhawks 6-9 junior forward finished with 24 points. Dorsey plays a little upright defensively, but he did a nice job rebounding. He also showcased a surprisingly accurate jumper. Dorsey went 4 for 4 on three-pointers in the first half. He canned another 3-ball in the second half and finished with 15 points.
QUEVYN WINTERS – The junior-college transfer displayed good ball handling and a solid jumper. The 6-6 guard from Indian Hills Community College in Iowa is smooth and looks as if he can do a little bit of everything. He finished with 11 points.
DARIN JOHNSON – Playing alongside Anderson and Seattle U’s D’Vonne Pickett Jr., Johnson gets lots of scoring opportunities which is ideal for the 6-4 shooting guard. He did a little bit of everything Monday. He scored in transition. He shot three-pointers. He finished in traffic at the rim. Johnson even did a nice job at times defensively, including collecting a steal that resulted in a layup. He scored a team-high 16 points in a comeback 74-72 win.
ANDERSON – At the start the 6-5 junior jumped center and won the tip. About 40 minutes later, the game finished with Anderson playing point guard on the final possessions. With the outcome in doubt, he drained two big three-pointers in the final minutes. It was nice to see considering Anderson converted just 11 of 38 three-pointers (28.9 percent) last season. He had 11 points, capping his scoring with dribble drive layup and free throw.